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Forget “Earth-Like”—We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets - Facts So Romantic

<i>Artist’s conception of a hot Eyeball planet. The permanent day side is sun-baked and dry. The permanent night side is covered with ice. In between</i> …

Planetary Habitability

The Military Doesn't Advertise It, But U.S. Troops Are All Over Africa

<i>This story was originally published on Oct. 20, 2017, and is being republished with minor changes to update.</i><p>When U.S. troops were ambushed in Niger last October, the widespread reaction was surprise: The U.S. has military forces in Niger? What are they doing there?<p>Yet in many ways, the Niger …

Africa

LiDAR reveals Mayan mega city hidden in Guatemalan jungle

A vast Mayan megalopolis apparently lies hidden underneath all the trees, creepers and centuries of growth and soil in the Guatemalan forest -- and we might never have found it if not for the wonders of laser technology. The PACUNAM Foundation, which champions the use of scientific research to …

Mega Cities

When mammals switched from nights to days

Mammals once were night creatures. A new study suggests they became active in daylight after the dinosaurs went extinct, 66 million years …

Paleontology

Here's What Long-Term Living in Space Does to Astronaut Brains

SQUISH.<p>As if astronauts didn't have enough to worry about, a new study has confirmed one more possible health problem intrepid spacefarers face as …

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Is Going to Be Seriously Badass

Should all go according to plan, NASA will launch its next Martian rover in July 2020. The robotic probe is still under construction, but early signs …

Stephen Hawking Fears A.I. May Replace Humans, and He’s Not Alone

The 75-year-old physicist is worried about the future.<p>Stephen Hawking is worried that artificial intelligence could copy itself and replace humans as …

Singularity

Lucy (AL 288) :Australopithecus afarensis Skeleton from Ethiopia

What Scientists Have Learned About the Fossil Hominin Lucy and Family<p>Lucy is the name of the nearly complete skeleton of an <i>Australopithecus …

Indiana University

Beastly Thermite Sword Is Forged in Explosive, Highly Dangerous Process

If you think Valyrian steel swords from <i>Game of Thrones</i> require one of the most dangerous and difficult bladesmithing processes ever, with all of that …

Neanderthals Were Screwed From the Very Start, Say Scientists

They were never going to outlast humans.<p>The only living evidence of Neanderthals today is in the genomes of human beings. Scientists approximate that …

Humanity

Scientists Just Discovered a Huge Hidden Area in The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Egypt have been around for something like 5,000 years now and they’ve been an endless object of human fascination, so you’d …

Archaeology

Scientists Just Completed a Record-Breaking Test of The Revolutionary X3 Ion Engine

Epic!<p>When it comes to the future of space exploration, a number of new technologies are being investigated. Foremost among these are new forms of …

Space Exploration